If you’ve noticed, I haven’t been fishing much lately. Yeh, it’s been hotter than Hell, but that was only part of the reason.
I’ve noticed lately that when I fish a creek, fly fishing mostly, that the next day or two are extremely painful for my body.
If you look back at the post from 7/28, Yuki and I fished the West Fork of the Carson after a little bait dunking at Upper Blue Lake. It took me two days before I could walk upright. Kind of like the early caveman. OK, I recovered and was back to almost normal by day three.
Then on 8/5 Yuki and I fished Silver Fork of the American and then on to Bear River Reservoir. Once again, for two days I couldn’t walk upright. This time my wife had something to say about it. She reminded me that I’m old. She’s very subtle at times. I was also reminded that after 7/28, if I had a re-occurrence that she and I were going to revisit fly fishing along creeks.
Granted, I’m a little hardheaded at times (most of the time. C’mon, I’m German), but I think the pain outweighs the fly fishing on creeks. Then I saw the video “Casting on the waters” over on Howard's site, everything came together. With the leg problems I mentioned back on 8/5, the back pain from “rock hopping”, and general oldness of my body (I believe I am the Senior Geezer of this group at 71) I’m going to have to take a hiatus from fly fishing creeks quite possibly quit all together.
We’re headed to Upper Lake mid this month and I’m taking the Float Tube Cumberland like I did last year. I want to see if float tubing causes similar problems. Remember back aways, I talked about the leg cramps which actually turned out to be arthritis. That was back in 2013 and trust me, it’s gotten worse. It’s hell getting old.
The trip is scheduled in two weeks so I’ll be kind of quiet until then. I’ve got a lot to think about. If something interesting turns up, I’ll post, but if you don’t see anything here, it’s because I’m thinking.
I want to mention that thinking is a weird concept for me as I usually get into trouble when I think, so bear with me.